How do Rockhampton's rates compare to others in CQ?
IT'S NO surprise to Leonie Lane that Rockhampton Regional Council's rates are the lowest in Central Queensland.
The retired school teacher has lived in Mount Morgan for 12 years and said the council had done well to face the financial challenges posed by things like de-amalgamation and Cyclone Marcia.
"They're always going to be a struggle but given the difficulties over the past few years for council they've done well," Leonie said.
"It seems reasonable to me given the expenses that have obviously resulted since the cyclone. It doesn't seem excessive."
Although Leonie felt residents got value for money, she would like to see an annual hard rubbish and green waste collection in the town.
"We used to have that under the old Mount Morgan council and it's really missed," she said.
Rockhampton's 2016/17 budget is set to be formally adopted by council today.
The most recent data from the Queensland Department of Local Government show Rockhampton's general rates, along with road and environment levies, total $1477.
Neighbouring Livingstone Shire charges $1778.20, including environment and road levy, while Gladstone residents pay $2023.
Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said when Rockhampton's general rates were compared to those of South-East Queensland councils, they appeared higher.
But she said they include water and sewerage costs which are collected separately in the southern part of the state.
Cr Strelow said in her 20 years in local government, she had seen the responsibility for funding projects shift back to councils.
"When I was first elected mayor, if we were planning our stormwater program or a new road we could put in the budget that we would get a grant of 20 to 40 per cent," she said. "That was just there. Now it's not."
In comparing Rockhampton to other Central Queensland councils, Cr Strelow said each region had its own economic challenges to face.
"We have the blessing of the barrage and what that delivers us in terms of affordable water close to the city," she said.
"De-amalgamation was a challenge for us. I'm really proud of how well we're travelling considering the impacts we've had."